NIB (New In Box) Stern Metallica "Monster" Premium #255338 (Canadian Export).
This machine has been sitting in my garage since early November 2015 for several reasons, namely time for proper evaluation, and letting the clearcoat harden for several more weeks. This came out of a production run that was scheduled in January 2016, but several were produced a little earlier as per my pre-order. I finally had time to unbox it.
The game has now been properly "dialed in" but hardly finished. In essence, I am "bulletproofing" the machine. Some of the more notable features already installed are a ColorDMD, overhauled NEW high power amplified speaker system (internal), Invisiglass(TM), FULL playfield plastic and wear protector sets, side armor, custom pinball topper, and a SAM remote controller (everybody should have one of these in their Stern SAM machines anyway, they are SO damn useful). More to come. I may take some more photos at another time.
Yes, that is right, I RIPPED APART a brand new game, and partially gutted it, adding new components and added all sorts of additional wiring, and cleaned up what the factory did not do, but should have.
Stern quality control was OK, but...
Most people are generally in a massive rush to the open the box, set it up, and play the game. This is generally a BAD IDEA, as you to check EVERYTHING, cabinet, fuses, cables, electronics, switches, coils, etc. It took me roughly 6 hours for baseline. In my case for example TWO of the leg bolt plates were STRIPPING from the factory due to improper installation of the leg bolts at an angle. I was able to get this corrected by re-threading with tools, and ALWAYS use lithium grease. There are always all sorts of nuances that need to be worked out in a NIB game. NEVER use Stern factory pinballs, they are $#%, and normally scratched (at least mine did not have rust on them, as I have seen that before). I already have taken the game apart once, to install various additional components.